Washington – Senate Republicans blocked on Friday A bipartisan committee proposed to study the US Capitol riots January 6th.
The Senate cast 54-35 votes on Friday as to whether to discuss the bill, which was less than the 60 votes needed to overcome the Republican filibuster that hindered the bill’s debate. The House of Representatives approved a bill to create a committee with the support of 35 Republicans.
“No one can imagine anyone voting against the establishment of a committee on the biggest assault in the Capitol since the Civil War,” President Joe Biden told Cleveland Thursday.
Senate leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. Called for a vote to spotlight Republicans who are reluctant to study what caused the attack, injuring five dead and 140 police officers.
“We must investigate, reveal and report on the truth. We need to establish a reliable record of what actually happened on January 6th and what happened before that,” Schumer said. I did. “The truth of the matter seems to be against the Commission because it fears the Senate Republicans may confuse Donald Trump and their party’s medium-term message.”
“Senator Republicans must decide whether they are on the side of the truth or on the side of Donald Trump’s big lie,” Schumer added.
To expedite voting on the Commission, the Senate has postponed voting to complete a R & D bill against China until June. In many aspects, this measure will boost the semiconductor industry and facilitate efforts to better compete with China in science and technology. However, measures to enjoy widespread bipartisan support were controversial, as a small number of Republican senators sought to fix issues such as better securing the southern border.
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, Republicans opposed committee.. He said the Justice Department had already charged 445 suspects in the attack and more arrests are expected. He said the legislative committee has already held hearings and drafted recommendations to prevent another attack.
McConnell accused the Democrats of wanting to impeach Trump. Trump was impeached in the House of Representatives and charged with inciting a riot. The Senate acquitted Trump.
“Clearly, the role of the former president was thoroughly and thoroughly filed in a high-profile impeachment trial in the Senate a few months ago,” McConnell said. “I don’t think the additional irrelevant committees that Democratic leaders want will reveal important new facts or promote healing.”
Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sas of Nebraska support the committee Joined the Democratic Party to do.
Senator Mike Rounds (RS.D.) said the Justice Department would not be able to share information about the case until indicted, but would support the Commission once the investigation was completed.
“As a matter of fact, I don’t think we can do this until many of these criminal investigations are complete,” Round said. “For history, I still want the committee to pass. I want to see it, but I think I have to wait until the criminal charge is complete.”
Gladys Sicknick, Parliamentary Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s MotherHe died of natural causes the day after the attack was sprayed with chemical sprays and met with a senator on Thursday to urge a committee to explain what had happened. She was joined by DC police officer Michael Fanone, who had a heart attack after being beaten by a riot, and Parliament police officer Harry Dunn, who heard a racial slur during an attack on a black man.
“They took their lives,” said Sicknick, who called his opposition to the Commission a “slap.”
Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis. Meet Sicknick about what he called a respectful conversation. However, he opposed the committee because he expected a partisan result.
“I don’t know what other questions remain unanswered after all these investigations,” Johnson said. “This will be a political committee. That’s the conclusion here, and that’s why I don’t support it.”
Senator Mitt Romney said the meeting with Sicknick expressed his condolences and an opportunity to “listen to the experiences of the two officers involved.”
Murkowski, who also supports the committee, said he shared a “serious hug” with Sicknick’s relatives and police officers.
“I truly feel that you come and feel that we need to stand up and advocate to lawmakers who say,’The truth is difficult, but the truth is necessary,'” Murkowski said. Said to them.
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Four former Homeland Security secretaries, Republicans Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, and Democrats Janet Napolitano and Jae Johnson, urged Congress to create a committee in a joint statement Thursday.
“We must understand how violent rebellions in the Capitol will come together to prevent our change of power from being so threatened again,” the statement said.
But even among the seven Republicans who convicted Trump in the impeachment trial earlier this year, disagreements were divided.
Murkowski said independent reviews were more important than short-term political concerns.
“I don’t want to know, but I need to know, and I think it’s important for the country to have an independent reputation,” Murkowski said. “On January 6, we look critically at the expense of understanding and admitting what is in front of us and making decisions for short-term political interests. I think we need to. “
Despite his own support, Romney said others think the Department of Homeland Security and the Rules Commission’s investigation is sufficient.
“I think the attack on the building is a very serious attack on democracy and I think the shock wave is spreading all over the world,” Romney said.
Senator Richard Burr (RN.C.) opposed this because the legislative committee had already considered the attack and drafted a recommendation to prevent another attack.
As a compromise effort, Collins proposed a change in the selection of committee staff and a stricter deadline for committee reporting. But other Republicans said the change wasn’t enough to win support.
Mr Cassidy said Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Caliph, could simply appoint a special committee to study the attack if there was concern that the committee would be partisan. ..
Republican opponents have frustrated Democrats.
“There is no excuse for Republicans to vote against the Commission because the Democrats have agreed to everything they asked for,” said Senator Joe Manchin, a major swing vote. , I think it will help him in the 2022 elections. They live in fear because they don’t believe the truth will free you. “
A 10-member committee would have been appointed by half of its members by Democratic parliamentary leaders and by the Republican Party. If approved, it would look like this:
We investigated the facts and circumstances surrounding the January 6 attack and what caused it.
Commissioners included who are expected to have expertise in law enforcement, civil rights and intelligence.
Subpoenas were issued to protect the information and required approval by a majority of the members of the Commission or an agreement between the Democratic Chairman and the Republican Vice-Chairman.
Prepare the final report by December 31st.
This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Senate Republicans block parliamentary riot committee to study January 6 mob